Baton Rouge: Louisiana’s Capital

After we left New Orleans, we took I-10 West towards Houston, TX. Along the way, we took a quick detour into Baton Rouge, home to Louisiana State’s government. This is the new Capitol building.

It was built in the middle of the Great Depression (construction started in 1930 after the gubernatorial election of Huey Long) with a budget of only $5 million dollars. Standing at 450 ft tall, this is the tallest Capitol building in the nation.

The steps leading up to the Capitol’s main entrance are all the states in order of each state’s admittance to the Union. The first 13 steps represent the original 13 states. Then, there is a platform, and after that the steps continue again with the rest of the 48 contiguous states. The 49th step, created after the Capitol was constructed, lists both Alaska and Hawaii.

This is the view of the city from the Capitol.

Unfortunately we got there too late in the day to go on a tour, so we just got back in the car to continue towards…Texas!

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